Flash! 2010 Beta 1 Available for Download

by Paul Arnote (parnote)

By the time you are reading this, the PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1 will most likely be open to the public. On February 27, 2010, Texstar announced that the PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1 was ready to go out to developers.

Keep in mind that this is beta software. As such, it is not intended for regular daily use, and the risk of data loss is real. So, you are warned — do NOT use this if you cannot risk the data loss.

Before installing this, or any other operating system update, it is also highly recommended that you back up your current data. You might also want to create a remaster of your current system…just in case.

Of course, the painless way to give the PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1 a good shake-down is to install it into a virtual machine, such as VirtualBox or VMware. So, now on with the particulars.

What's included in the PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1?

  • Linux kernel
  • KDE 4.4 SC
  • Updated xorg server
  • Updated mylivecd
  • Updated firmware packages
  • Plymouth bootsplash
  • Updated KMenu arrangement
  • Speedboot
  • and lots more updates!

The 2010 Beta 1 represents many months of continued, hard work by Texstar and the Packaging Crew, culminating in a very up-to-date PCLinuxOS that has the latest stable applications, desktop environment, and kernel. Additionally, PCLinuxOS 2010 will have a PAE kernel to allow users with more than 4 GB of memory to have access to that memory, up to 64 GB. Besides the regular kernel and the PAE kernel, PCLinuxOS will also have a legacy kernel (for older hardware), a real time kernel, and a kernel that uses BFS scheduling.

Check the PCLinuxOS home page and the PCLinuxOS forum for more details on how to download the PCLinuxOS 2010 Beta 1.